I first started thinking about field recording success last year. My thinking grew from two field recording trips: Occupy Toronto protest crowds and CF-18 Hornet fighter jets.
In both those sessions I was faced with challenges that threatened to cripple the sound effects I was recording: loud, groaning garbage trucks interfering with protest crowds and endless cicadas while fighter jets were flying.
These sessions made me think about the threshold between success and failure while field recording sound effects.
It also made me think about the goal of field recording 'perfect' sound clips, and the role they play in libraries.
I now believe that sound effects perfection is overrated. In fact, I think that recording perfect sound effects actually harms your craft.
Today I'll write about the problem with 'perfect' sounds.
Next week I'll apply this idea to sound effects quality. I'll write about how the role that your goal, Steve Jobs of Apple and 'imperfect' sound effects play in recording good sound effects.
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